Connect with us

Boston Bruins

Boston’s Brad Marchand Suspended 3 Games for Slew-Foot

Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand was suspended three games for slew-footing Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Vancouver Canucks.

As per a report by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, Boston Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for three games for slew-footing Vancouver’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The news came down on Monday that Marchand, who has a history of suspensions and a history of slew-foots in the NHL was getting one of the higher-levied penalties for such an action this season.

Related: Fenway Sports Officially Purchases Majority Stake in Pittsburgh Penguins

While some are calling the punishment just considering the infraction and the player’s suspension history, others are wondering how Marchand gets three games for slew-footing, but yet New Jersey Devils’ defenseman PK Subban has done it numerous times this season — even injuring players doing it — and only gets a $5,000 fine? Both players are dirty and both players are known for their willingness to use the move. The suspension will cost Marchand $91,875 in salary, 18 times the amount Subban had to pay.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety explained their punishment by saying:

What causes this play to rise to the level of supplementary discipline, is Marchand’s use of both his upper and lower body to take Ekman-Larsson to the ice in a dangerous fashion and the speed at which the players are traveling towards the boards. 

There’s no doubt the play was dangerous, but Ekman-Larsson was not hurt on the player and Marchand did not receive a penalty on the play. Apparently, Marchand’s six previous suspensions and one that included a slew foot in 2015 were enough to warrant the league sending a message.

While not punished by the NHL for accusations against him that he made inappropriate comments to Artemi Panarin about his home country of Russia, Marchand has been in the news a couple of times this week for the wrong reasons.

Next: Geoff Molson Addresses Media About Canadiens Changes and Future

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

More News